Senior Brokerage Officer

, East Sussex

Job Summary

  • Job Reference: 210422HB
  • Job Type: Temporary
  • Date Posted: 2022-04-21
  • Location: , East Sussex
  • Job Status: FullTime
  • Closing Date: 2022-05-19
  • Tradewind Social Care Recruitment
Tradewind Recruitment Social Care are currently recruiting for a Senior Brokerage Officer for the Children and Families Team in Sussex on the South Coast.


To ensure that services delivered to children and young people with SEN and Disabilities and adults with learning disabilities are person-centred, outcome focused, inclusive, offer value for money, and promote a sustainable & diverse market. This will be achieved by:
  • To identify appropriate placements and services for those who are supported by the Learning Disability Lifetime Pathway.
  • To hold and monitor a caseload of service providers where there is significant spend and/or activity.
  • Take a lead in supporting providers to provide effective and good quality services that promote and adhere to effective care and protection in line with the statutory guidance and minimum standards.
  • To provide support and advice to local authority colleagues, particularly referring fieldwork teams in relation to best use of resources and to critically appraise the requests from referring workers.
  • To be represented on a multidisciplinary panel providing expert advice on care options for individuals referred, clarifying the person’s needs and expectations and eligibility criteria under the Care Act / Children Act.
Principal Accountabilities:
  • Lead the running of a Duty Service, accepting and processing referrals ensuring information is complete and fit for purpose to broker effective and proportionate services from in-house and external resources
  • Liaise with independent agencies in relation to care planning and delivery of individual service agreements, develop extensive knowledge of available services and liaise with stakeholders to deliver services in line with our Local Offer.
  • Ensure best value for money through negotiation of fees and ensure effective block purchasing. To ensure that individual outcomes are measured and services, fees adjusted accordingly.
  • Engage in relationship management with key providers to encourage development and growth and where contract values are high or where the level of activity is significant to monitor overall performance against the contract as well as on individual placement agreements.
  • Review high-cost placements/services in accordance with the High-Cost High Need Panel process and renegotiate services and fees accordingly.
  • Monitor and advise independent providers of appropriate practice standards (including child protection, childcare and risk taking) and ensure that all national minimum standards are met by providers.
  • Advise and/or take remedial action where standards are not met including liaison with regulatory bodies (i.e. OfSTED) and/or withdrawal of contracts and respond to any concerns or complaints in respect of any provider.
  • Assist council staff in interpreting Conditions of Contract and resolving disputes and to maintain an overview of adherence to Brighton & Hove procedures, Financial Regulations and Contract Standing Orders.
  • Supervise any person who undertakes an assessment of suitability to foster children with disabilities and ensure that the assessment is robust and fit for scrutiny by the Panel.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and review of the families Children and Learning Directorate Plan and related commissioning plans
  • Maintain accurate records of providers and services users that support data collection and measure team performance in accordance with GDPR.
  • Line manage the Business Support Office effectively to support the delivery of accountabilities.
  • To work closely with colleagues in Health & Adult Social Care commissioning team and the Children’s Placement Team to share good practice and enable joined up commissioning across the directorate.
  • To work within and actively promote the City Council’s Inclusive Council Policy in relation to service delivery and staff management.
  • Professional qualification in social work, registration with HCPC and significant post qualifying experience in a social work setting with either children or adults
  • or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience in Health & Social Care, Brokerage, Commissioning and Contracts.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of children’s and adults social care policy, national best practice, care pathways, legislation, national performance framework in adult social care and the Care standards Act 2000
  • Sound knowledge of Ofsted, CQC regulations and monitoring framework
  • Sound knowledge re Safeguarding Vulnerable children and adults’ procedures and Complaints procedures
  • Awareness of the department’s quality standards and the ability to monitor and evaluate work against them
  • Experience of procurement, existing contracts, developing new contracts, and maintaining contractual relationships
  • Good verbal & written communication skills, including ability to communicate with and report effectively to care providers, the community & voluntary sector, users of children’s and adult social care services and their families/carers.
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